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Analysis: Annual report dives deep into Mississippi finances

The new Mississippi Comprehensive Annual Financial Report has a chart that shows who is in charge of state government. The top of the chart on page 9? Not the governor, or legislators, or judges. It is the citizens of Mississippi. That means that the 170-page document is a report of how elected officials, state agency directors and government employees are ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Controlling the Kudzu of state spending

One of my many anonymous critics on a local blog zapped me last week over my column “A Peek behind Legislative Leaders’ Rhetoric.” In particular, he/she said I lack “a coherent alternate plan” of my own.   Well, I never guessed it might be a columnist’s job to propose a whole budget plan. But, an avid reader could find elements of ...

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Special session agenda not complete, Bryant spokesman says

A top Democrat is calling on Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to expand the list of topics for a special legislative session, but the governor’s spokesman says the budget remains the only agenda item for now. Bryant on Tuesday announced that a special session will begin June 5 so lawmakers can set budgets for the attorney general’s office and the Department ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: What happened to pre-special session transportation discussions?

It has been about a month since the 2017 legislative session ended, yet, at least in public there has been no discussions between the House and Senate leadership on how to deal with the state’s crumbling infrastructure. During the final days of the 2017 session, which ended March 29, the House members, prompted by their leadership, killed the budget bills ...

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Mississippi governor sets special session to start June 5

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is calling Mississippi legislators back to the Capitol for a special session starting June 5. He is asking them to set the final pieces of the state budget for the year that begins July 1. Legislators ended their three-month regular session in late March without passing budgets for the attorney general’s office or the Department of ...

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ANALYSIS: Report says Mississippi pension funding too low

A new report says that even if Mississippi’s public employee pension system was meeting investment assumptions, governments still aren’t putting away enough money to whittle down debt from previous pension underfunding. The study, released last week by the Pew Charitable Trusts, raises questions about the long-term course of the Public Employees Retirement System, though the system has enough money to pay years’ ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: A Peek behind Legislative leaders’ spending rhetoric

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn are touting their great success this year in holding down the cost of government.    “We Republicans have campaigned for many, many years that we are for living within our means, we are for controlling spending, we are for reducing the size of government,” Gunn told reporters according to the Associated ...

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Mississippi jobless rate falls to lowest level since 1976

Mississippi unemployment fell to 5 percent in March, tying the lowest level since the current survey began in 1976. That’s down from 5.2 percent in February and 6 percent a year ago. It’s the 10th month Mississippi has dipped to 5 percent, including six months in 1999 and three in 2000. Some earlier surveys show Mississippi had lower jobless rates ...

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Analysis: Leaders say reducing state budget meets GOP goal

There has been plenty of hand-wringing about the Mississippi budget the past several months, with Republican Gov. Phil Bryant making multiple rounds of cuts because tax collections fell short of expectations. Many programs face further reductions for the year that begins July 1 under a spending plan set by legislators. Some agency directors are certain to develop heartburn while figuring ...

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Most Mississippi agencies banned from car purchases for year

Most Mississippi government agencies will be banned from buying vehicles for a year, as a way to save money in a tight budget. The vehicle moratorium is in House Bill 938 . Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the bill April 6, and it becomes law July 1. A few exceptions will be allowed. The Department of Child Protective Services, which ...

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